There’s jewelry… and then there’s jewelry! The baubles of Alexander Calder, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building through Nov. 2, is jaw-dropping artwork.
Even before he studied mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology or entered the Art Students League in 1923, he was manipulating metal into fine pieces. As a child, he made jewelry for his sister’s dolls.
Friends and family of Calder were lucky indeed — they received precious ornaments personalized for them. Friends to receive such gifts from Calder included Joan Miro, Jeanne and Luis Bunuel, Georgia O’Keeffe and Peggy Guggenheim. Of course his wife, Pilar, and daughter, Dolores, were also recipients of some of the 1,800 pieces he created in his lifetime. There are 100 necklaces, bracelets, pins, earrings and tiaras on view at the museum.